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Nigerian border communities buy petrol at over N100 per litre

09 October 2013, 09:45

Kwara -  Nigerian border communities in Baruten Local Government area of Kwara State buy petrol at over N110 per litre instead of N97 government approved price, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Check by NAN showed that the price ranged from N100 to N110 per litre, depending on distance of stations to the border with Republic of Benin.

The communities affected include Ilesha-Baruba, Okuta, Boriya, Shiya, Kosubosu, Gure, Yashikira and Chinkanda.

Commercial and private motorists along the routes never challenged nor demanded to know the cause of the disparity in the price of petrol in the area.

Yahaya Salihu, a motorist, told NAN that he did not really know the cause of the situation.

He, however, said that the situation might be due to the closeness to the border with Benin.

"I never queried any filling station attendant on reasons for the disparity in the price of the commodity since I can afford to buy it".

A manager of a petrol station in the area, who confided in NAN, said the development had to do with high rate of extortion by security personnel in the area.

"We will have been selling at the actual government price, but if you know the number of security checkpoints before we get to this place, you will reason along.

 "All of these security agencies will request for "something’’ because they believed any tanker on this route is smuggling petrol to Benin,’’ he said.

-  NAN

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